Robson Coat Sew Along Week 1

The Sewaholic Robson Coat Sew Along

~ This is our final sew-along of the year and I’m so glad we capped it off the with Sewaholic Robson Coat. This is such a great coat and is a multi-season item that will work well in your wardrobe. If you are just joining along there is still plenty of time to get your pattern and fabric, and you can always access the posts later if you are like me and start well behind everyone else! So, I will now let Rhonda kick this sew-along off! ~ Jill

Have you thought about making the Sewaholic Robson Coat, but felt a little intimidated? Well, here’s your chance to jump right in. Over the next 4 weeks, we will be working through the construction of the coat, step by step. It’s a wonderful pattern and the instructions are quite easy to follow. So between the printed instructions, the attached videos and my written blog posts, I hope that I will be able to help you make a fabulous coat that you will enjoy wearing for years to come.

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Let’s talk just a bit about fabric choice. Keep in mind that the coat is designed to be unlined. That does not mean that the coat can’t be lined. We will talk about how to line the coat in an upcoming post, but the coat is designed to have all of the seams finished with bias tape. As you choose your fabric, decide whether you would like for the seams to become a design detail or if you would like for them to just have a quiet, beautifully finished look as I chose to do with my coat.

photo 1 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 1 If you would like, you can use a solid fabric for the coat and then use a print and make your own bias tape to finish the seams. We will talk next week about how to make your own bias tape.

A trench coat can be very traditional, or you can use a fabric that is quite unconventional as I did. Take note that my fabric is a directional fabric, so I could only cut my pattern pieces in one direction. If you choose a fabric with a directional pattern, be sure to purchase at least an extra yard of fabric if not a little more. The pattern of my fabric was so busy, so I decided to not even try and match the pattern.

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This coat offers a great opportunity to step a little out of the box and do a little something unexpected. Keep in mind that this coat requires a good bit of fabric, 5 yards of 45″ fabric for the knee length version. A medium weight fabric such a denim, wool twill, or corduroy will work beautifully. You could even make a summer version out of eyelet, or an evening version out of lace.

One other aspect to keep in mind, this coat requires quite a few buttons, 16 in total.

There are a number of lovely design details that are incorporated into this coat. One of my favorites is how the pocket was designed to stay in place. A piece of the bias tape is attached to the pocket and then secured in the seam. No more putting your hand in your pocket and having to straighten it out!

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 Next week we will talk about;

1. Working with princess line seams

2. Making bias tape

3. Attaching the bias tape

In the meantime, purchase your fabric if you have not done so already. If you are purchasing bias tape, be sure to purchase 4 packages and remember that you will need 16 buttons for this coat. The coat does use quite a few notions, but in the end you will have a coat that you will not only enjoy wearing, but you will also enjoy opening it up and having everyone marvel at how lovely the inside of your coat looks. I’ve made 2 of these coats and I’m looking forward to my third!!!


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Rhonda Buss


 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 1

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3 Responses to Robson Coat Sew Along Week 1

  1. Debbie says:

    denim is the hardest I’ve tried to sew!

  2. Michelle Cummings says:

    the hardest fabric I have sewed with would be cotton velour. Like the soft stretchy fabric used to make jogging outfits for women. Well it’s so difficult! Between the stretch, the texture, and fraying its beyond difficult to sew with.

  3. Julie Cistone says:

    Can you please tell me what fabric you used for this coat.

    Thank you